Marker posts, Mural, noticeboard and wildlife. An update of things happening with the Park

1.     Excellent news! FOPP has been awarded nearly £1500 from the Liverpool city Region Community Environment Fund to create marker posts for our specimen/individual/exotic trees, working with local young people and/or schools. A group from FOPP exec/tree group is leading this project. The posts will be numbered and linked to our website , providing information about the trees. We are on the list of winners on the Liverpool City Region website

2.     Mural: COP26 Wildlife Mural Wall Hunt. UK Youth for Nature are hoping to create a mural in Princes Park. They say 'We're looking to do a fair amount of campaigning work drawing the links between the UN biodiversity convention and, of course, COP26 in Glasgow, highlighting the
importance of nature for mitigating climate change etc. To do this, we're looking to launch a series of wildlife murals, accompanied by political and community action, in major cities across all four nations between May and COP26 in November'. FOPP has support of Council in hoping to work with them.

3.   Henge: FOPP hopes to create a small notice by the Henge, explaining the Henge: how and why it was built.
4.     Merseyforest has started planting this week in the Park.
5.     Tools and gazebo: Onward Housing gave us over £400 for tools and to buy a gazebo for events and for volunteers to have lunch under shelter. We are delighted. They are also producing a volunteer leaflet (designed and written by FOPP) to inform people about volunteering in the Park
6.     Spring is here! The cygnet has flow and the swans should be getting ready to mate. Woodpeckers are making lots of noise by the lake and many birds are singing. Ken Horton saw a water rail. These are very hard to spot, and maybe that is a good thing as they hide very effectively an hopefully won't be disturbed.
7.     Wildflower meadow: we hope to have this later in spring in areas of the park leading from the Obelisk towards the lake. It is being led by Mandela 8

Hope everyone is doing OK and enjoying the Park whatever the weather! And thanks so much to all those who are out there litter picking in all kinds of weather.

We still hope to plant the trees that Liverpool Soroptimists have funded later in spring if lockdown is lifted. Fingers crossed.

All the best

Katy Gardner Chair FOPP